Kiryas Joel is a modern shtetl in the small town of Monroe, New Jersey. For decades its Hassidic residents have lived harmoniously with their mostly non-religious, non-Jewish neighbours. But a recent request to annex a plot of land that would double the size of the ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood prompts the rest of the town’s population to embark on a campaign – which many in the Jewish community accuse of being antisemitic – against them. A thought provoking tale about interfaith relations in America today.
“A rare glimpse at life inside a reclusive ultra Orthodox community” The New York Jewish Week